Bill Would Speed Up Sales, Leases of Water, Sewage Facilities to Private Buyers

“Water Infrastructure Protection Act”, sponsored by Senator Joe Kyrillos and Assemblyman Sean Kean, would allow municipalities or their utility authorities to sell or lease water and sewer systems to private entities without a referendum in cases of defined emergencies.

Assemblywoman Linder Stender (D-Union). A bill that would allow distressed water-supply facilities and wastewater treatment plants owned by municipalities to be more rapidly sold or leased to private entities narrowly passed a legislative committee yesterday. The legislation (A-3628) sparked heated discussion yesterday before the Assembly State and Local Government Committee, with proponents saying it would allow… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: December 12th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, NJ State Legislature | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Republicans on N.J. bridge scandal panel blast Democrats in new report

assetContent (5)TRENTON — The Democratic leaders of the joint legislative committee investigating the lane closings at the George Washington Bridge “ran up exorbitant public costs” and “proved to be some of the most partisan elected officials in modern times,” according to a report released today by the Republican members of the panel. The 119-page “Minority Statement,” issued… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: December 9th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Bridgegate, NJ State Legislature, Port Authority | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Christie Vetoes Pig Gestation Legislation

IMG_7089Calling the legislation a “solution in search of a problem,” Governor Chris Christie vetoed  S998 today, legislation that would have outlawed pigs being inhumanely crated while gestating.

“It is a political movement masquerading and substantive policy,” Christie said in his veto message.

Christie stated that the practice is not occurring in New Jersey and compared the bill that another he vetoed…a bill banning hydraulic fracking in New Jersey when there is no frackable shale in the State.

“I urge the Legislature to stop using their law making authority to play politics with issues that do not exist in our State,” Christie wrote,  “We have significant issues to deal with; I urge them to get to work on those issues and stop following misguided partisans and special interests who want to use the the law making process as a political cudgel on issues outside our borders.”

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Posted: November 28th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Chris Christie, Iowa, NJ State Legislature | Tags: , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Senate Panel Approves Casagrande’s Bill On Life-Saving Allergy Treatment In Schools

Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande

Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande

School nurses and other trained personnel would be authorized to administer epinephrine to any student having an anaphylactic reaction under legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande (R-11).

Casagrande’s bill, A-304 was passed  in the Assembly, 73-0, on May 22 and was approved by the Senate Education Committee unanimously this morning.  If approved by the full Senate, the bill will go to Governor Chris Christie whose signature will make it law.

“As many as two children in every classroom have at least one food allergy,” said Casagrande, R – Monmouth. “Schools should be able to respond quickly and appropriately to help children with a serious allergic reaction.”

Recent studies suggest that one in 13 children are affected by food allergies. More than 15 percent of school aged children with food allergies have had a reaction at school.

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Posted: November 13th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: 11th Legislative District, Caroline Casagrande, Education, Monmouth County, New Jersey, NJ State Legislature, School Safety | Tags: , , , , , , | 4 Comments »

Link Between Crime and Brain Injuries Prompts Push for Legislation


1959Assemblywoman Grace Spencer Studies have shown a link between early brain trauma and criminal activity later in life. That’s why some state legislators are proposing a bill that would create a program to work with children who show signs of brain injury or have committed crimes. One study has found that jail and prison inmates report… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: November 12th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Crime, NJ State Legislature | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

Analysis: Would an Elected Comptroller Solve NJ’s Pension Crisis?

2349New York State comptroller, Thomas P. DiNapoli. New York and New Jersey are high-cost states that share a regional economy, high state and local government payrolls and benefit plans, a wealthy tax base, and a scandal-ridden Port Authority. What the two states don’t share is a massive pension crisis and the poor bond ratings that go… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: October 8th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey, NJ State Legislature, Pensions | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

Republican Assemblywomen Call for NFL Commissioner’s Resignation

Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande

Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande

Republican Assemblywomen Caroline Casagrande, Nancy F. Muñoz, Mary Pat Angelini, Amy Handlin, Alison McHose, Holly Schepisi, DiAnne Gove, BettyLou DeCroce, Donna Simon and Maria Rodriguez-Gregg today called for the resignation of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell over his handling on domestic violence issues on the part of NFL players.

The legislators jointly issued the following statement:

“When someone sucker punches an innocent woman or takes a switch to his son, something is terribly wrong. The league either delays disciplinary action or issues a slap on the wrist of the offender. The victims are vulnerable to the power of these men. Commissioner Goodell is unsuccessfully trying to appease the fans and advertisers that the league takes these actions seriously. If he were truly serious, he would apologize and submit his resignation over his failure to take immediate steps to prevent these kinds of assaults. The NFL should send a message to society that it will not tolerate these actions, and implement a no-tolerance policy with severe repercussions.”

 

Posted: September 15th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey, News, NJ State Legislature | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Christie rails against open space ballot measure

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Posted: August 29th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, New Jersey, News, NJ Democrats, NJ State Legislature | Tags: , , | 1 Comment »

Handlin Wants SCI To Investigate Allegations That Fulop Planned Traffic Jams At Holland Tunnel and Port Jersey

Jersey City Police Chief Robert Cowan has responded to his announced demotion by Mayor Steve Fulop by alleging that the mayor order traffic jams at Port Jersey and the Holland Tunnel.   That Cowan objected and interfered is the reason he is being demoted, he says, according to reports in the Jersey Journal.

Fulop announced plans to sue the Port Authority of NY/NJ for $400 million. Cowan’s attorney said Fulop’s plan was “designed solely to create havoc for the Port Authority.”

Assemblywoman Amy Handlin

Assemblywoman Amy Handlin

Assemblywoman Amy Handlin (R-Middletown) wants the joint legislative committee that is investigating the September 2013 George Washington Bridge lane closures to investigate the allegations against Fulop as well.

In a letter dated today to Senator Loretta Weinberg and Assemblyman John Wisniewski, Co-Chairs of the New Jersey Select Committee on Investigation,of which Handlin is a member, the assemblywoman asked that the committee immediately issue subpoenas to Fulop and Cowan

As you know, the mission of the New Jersey Legislative Select Committee on Investigation is to “investigate all aspects of the finances, operations, and management of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and any other matter raising concerns about abuse of government power or an attempt to conceal an abuse of government power including, but not limited to, the reassignment of access lanes in Fort Lee, New Jersey to the George Washington Bridge.”

Because the allegations against Mayor Fulop raise significant concerns about the repeated abuse of government power directly related to the Port Authority, I respectfully ask the committee to investigate this matter including the immediate issuance of subpoenas to Mayor Fulop and Chief Cowan.

Handlin’s letter can be found here.

Fulop is widely considered to be a contender for the Democratic nomination for Governor in 2017, or sooner if Governor Chris Christie does not complete his term.

Posted: July 14th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: 2017 NJ Gubernatorial Politics, Amy Handlin, Chris Christie, Jersey City, New Jersey, News, NJ State Legislature, Port Authority, Steve Fulop | Tags: , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

More Regulations for NJ Businesses

By Joe Schilp

Joe Schilp

Joe Schilp

This past week, the New Jersey state Senate and Assembly both passed the “Opportunity to Compete Act,” which prohibits businesses with more than 14 employees from asking applicants to check a box to indicate whether they have been convicted of a crime.  Additionally, businesses would be prohibited from asking first-time interviewees if they’ve been convicted of a crime.

It has been reported that NJ Governor Chris Christie’s office worked with the legislators on the language of the bill; thus, Christie is expected to sign the bill into law.

New Jersey is already one of the least business-friendly states in the United States.  According to the Tax Foundation’s 2014 State Business Tax Climate Index, NJ was the 2nd least business-friendly state – based on over 100 criteria – and ranked at the bottom in income taxes, corporate taxes, sales tax and property tax.  And this ranking does not account for the Democrat-controlled legislature’s zeal to increase the “millionaire’s tax” that affects far more people making less than a million dollars a year than people making more than that.

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Posted: June 29th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Economy, NJ State Legislature, Opinion | Tags: , , , , | 6 Comments »